LAMBDA American University’s GLBTA Resource Center Alumni Newsletter Greetings AU Alum! The spring semester is in full swing and we are busy in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Resource Center! This semester brings the 2010 Annual Award Ceremony and honoring the 2010 Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award Recipients. You will find lots of information in this newsletter about events and programs since the last edition as well as a listing of some of our events for the semester. Our events are always free and open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community! Our Upcoming Events office endeavors to find new ways to A Night with Photographer Loren Cameron bring educational and entertaining Tuesday, April 6th | 6:00pm speakers and films to campus. The Ward 1 success we are experiencing today is rooted in the actions of our alumni. Loren Cameron is the author of multiple photography books about transgender identity. We are proud of our past and look Through a slideshow and discussion, he will tell his own personal story and the stories of the forward to continuing to make AU a people he photographs. safe, inclusive place for everyone. 13th Annual GLBTA Resource Center Awards Ceremony We hope you’re finding ways to Tuesday, April 13th | 5:30pm endure tax season and we can’t wait Mary Graydon Center 3 to hear from you all soon. For more information about the Center or any The Awards Ceremony is our opportunity to recognize campus leaders as well as present the Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award. of our programs, please contact the GLBTA Resource Center at 202-885- Night OUT at the Nationals 3347. Summer - updates will be provided! All the best, Sara Bendoraitis Contact Us Hours of Operation Monday and Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am to 8:00pm Phone: 202-885-3347 E-mail: email@example.com Fax: 202-885-1883 Website: www.american.edu/glbta/ Resource Center and Schlegel Awards The 13th annual American University GLBTA Resource living in the United States who have exhibited outstanding Center Awards Ceremony will take place Tuesday, April 13, leadership and significantly contributed to the dignity and 2010 at 5:30 pm in MGC 3. Included in the ceremony are freedom of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. the Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Awards. The GLBTA Resource Center Awards offer an opportunity The Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award to recognize unique research, work, activism, and other for Emerging Activist is given to young individuals (in high school or an undergraduate in college) who are living in the activities by AU students, faculty, staff, and alumni throughout the AU community. The Richard L. Schlegel National Legion United States who have made outstanding contributions to of Honor Awards offer the same opportunity to recognize gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) communities. those both inside and out of the AU community who have This award is for an Emerging Activist and the recipient made outstanding contributions to gay, lesbian, bisexual will receive a cash award and includes travel expenses for and transgender (GLBT) communities. attending the awards ceremony. The Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award for The purpose of the Awards Ceremony is to recognize and Visionary Leader is given to a person or organization in the celebrate the work of faculty, staff, alumni & students in six United States who have made outstanding contributions to awards ranging from academic excellence to leadership & gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) communities. activism. Students, faculty, alumni, & staff may nominate or We will be accepting nominations for the Schlegel Awards be nominated for the following awards: Academic Excellence, from now through Friday, March 5th. Nomination forms for Alumni Involvement, Bridge Builder, Leadership, Outstanding all awards can be found on our website. 1st/2nd Year Student, and Staff/Faculty Appreciation. Nominations for these awards are due March 22nd. We welcome any and all nominations, and especially for our Alumni Involvement award! We are very excited to The Richard L. Schlegel Legion of Honor Award is recognize all the people that make our community great. administered by the GLBTA Resource Center at American University in Washington, D.C. It recognizes individuals -Heather Palmer, Class of 2013 GLBT Studies Colloquium The 4th Annual GLBT Studies community. One of the more popular Colloquium was held at American seminars was AU’s Katrina Casino’s University on November 17, 2009. LOLesbians: Web 3.0 and the Queer It was sponsored by the GLBTA Community which discussed online Resource Center and co-sponsored by dating in the queer community. Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies, the Department of Sociology, and the There were participants from across Office of the D.C. area, with students coming Campus Life. Approximately 100 from George Mason as well as the people attended nine concurrent University of Maryland. sessions on a variety of topics. -Andrew Dean, Class of 2013 Presentations included films and discussion panels on subjects ranging from the FDA’s policy banning blood donation between MSMs (men who sleep with men) to polyamory to eating disorders in the queer A Busy AIDS Awareness Week on Campus Last semester’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Week (November stories of several HIV positive African school-teachers. 30-December 4) was a great success, with more events We were lucky enough to invite Beldina Atieno, one of the than ever before and large attendance from the campus featured teachers in the film from Kenya, to come speak community. The Women’s Initiative HIV/AIDS Taskforce to us about her experience with HIV-status disclosure and planned an assortment of activities on a variety of issues to organizing a community of positive teachers as a means of educate the campus. The first event on Monday, November coping with the illness and spreading awareness for testing. 30th was a huge collaboration of local African musicians, The last event we sponsored screened a brief documentary poets, and spoken word artists titled “Redefining Perceptions on an orphanage in Hyderabad, India for children who have of Africa Through Art.” The impressive event was a product lost parents/guardians to HIV/AIDS or who are HIV positive of the hard work of Ravenna Motil-McGuire for her Honors themselves. After the film, we ate Indian food provided by Capstone project. Free Ethiopian food, education on current a restaurant on campus and wrote letters to the children at issues in Africa (including HIV/AIDS), and music…what more the orphanage. could you ask for? As a member of the HIV/AIDS Taskforce, I am proud to say Although Ravenna’s event was hard to top, the HIV/AIDS that we offered and cosponsored educational and enjoyable Taskforce did cosponsor an event with the Kennedy Political events for this year’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Week. I believe Union featuring Cleve Jones on campus. Cleve came to discuss that in the fight against HIV/AIDS, educating only one person the current struggle for spreading awareness of queer issues is still a great success, so judging on our events, many people and the growing numbers of HIV positive members of the on campus have a bit more knowledge on the subject. We queer community, specifically in D.C. He was an amazing look forward to making next fall’s HIV/AIDS Awareness speaker and an inspiration to many of us who, in a turbulent Week even better! era of civil rights, can feel defeated working queer activism! -Matthew Stewart, Class of 2012 The last two events of HIV/AIDS Awareness Week focused on international issues. We screened an award-winning documentary called “Courage and Hope”, which tells the Loving the Female Orgasm Dorian Solot and Marshall Miller love the female orgasm and so do we! Collaboration between Women’s Initiative, the GLBTA Resource Center, and Queers and Allies brought back this dynamic couple for a second year to AU. Nationally known Sex Educators, Solot and Miller specialize in teaching about the female orgasm and healthy sexuality. For a second year, Ward 1 filled with the anxious faces of students from all different backgrounds and varying identities uniting under one common entity: the orgasm. The GLBTA Resource Center was pleased to have the ability to aid in the re- turn of this program. Solot and Miller don’t only provide an open forum for the discussion of female sexuality and pleasure but create an environment inclusive of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. We are pleased to report that campus is now filled with shirts, pins, and books all proclaiming “I <3 the Female Orgasm”. -Rachel Lachenauer, Class of 2012 A Succesful Mixer: Spring ‘10 This year’s annual GLBTA spring mixer was even more any questions or concerns. To get the word out, of a success than last year’s! Queer people came from supportive campus groups and offices, like Queers all corners of campus to escape the cold, meet up and Allies and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, were with old friends, and make some new ones. This year’s provided the opportunity to elaborate upon their mixer was on January 14th, in Mary Graydon Center’s mission and vision. Additionally, the Gay and Lesbian Gianni Lounge. Like always, fresh fruit, crackers with task force of D.C. as well as the National Center for hummus, and pizza was served to accommodate the Transgender Equality made an appearance to remind hungry bellies of students and friends. Approximately students of their resources. Overall, the spring mixer 80 undergraduate, graduate, and law students proved to be a great, informative escape from the attended the two hour event. Games and ice breakers cold and coursework. took place to convert the lounge into a gay safe space of merriment. Heather Palmer, GLBTA staff worker and mixer disk jockey said, “This mixer was the best -Anthony Jafari, Class of 2010 the RC has ever put on. I couldn’t be happier if I had first-hand met Pikachu.” Not only did the spring mixer serve as a social gathering, but also as an information session. The GLBTA Resource Center’s staff was present to answer Queers and Allies Semester Update Second semester came up quickly! Last semester was packed with programming and we are heading in the same direction this time! Kicking off our semester is our annual, fabulous Drag Show. For this event we have six premier drag queens from the D.C. area, who have created original routines to fill the Mary Graydon Center on February 1st. Queers and Allies recently released our new program Speak Out, in collaboration with the GLBTA Resource Center. This monthly program serves as a discussion group for students revolving around broad topics to foster communication and a safe space to develop ideas. Our annual Freedom to Marry Day, one of our most popular events, is scheduled for the end of March. During this event the members of Queers and Allies perform mock wedding ceremonies on the quad allowing anyone to campus to temporarily marry anyone of their choosing. This fun event doubles as a representation that all people should have the ability to choose marriage. Currently we are working on designing a wedding cake which will be created by Charm City Bakery, home of the hit television show Ace of Cakes, for our end of the day wedding reception. Beyond these stand alone events, Queers and Allies is constantly working to create the most diverse and inclusive environment possible. To do this we are continuing to put a lot of energy into our subgroups, Ally Initiatives, Trans Advocacy Project, Queer People of color, and the Queer Women’s Advocacy Committee. They create programming each semester particularly addressing issues within their identity group. We look forward to a successful semester and as always we encourage alumni to stay involved and let us know if they are interested in participating in any events! Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out our website www.auqueersandallies.org for more updates! Rachel Lachenauer Executive Director Queers and Allies Rachel@auqueersandallies.org Matt’s Corner As the spring semester is fully underway, I wanted to point Awards Ceremony on April 13th, where we will honor the out a few opportunities for alums to get involved with the winners of the Schlegel Award, Alumni Award and AU Resource Center. As always all of our events are open to students, staff, and faculty. alums, but one in particular might be of interest. Additionally, with our newly formed collaboration with the During the GLBTA Resource Center Awards Ceremony we AU Main Library, we are always looking for book/dvd give away an Alumni Award, which goes to an alum who is donations to our GLBTA Resource Center Library. If you committed to the efforts of the GLBTA Resource Center and have always wanted to give back to AU (and specifically GLBT issues. In addition, we give away a National Award the GLBTA Resource Center), this is a perfect opportunity called the Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor (and could potentially allow you to clear off some of your Award. This award was created to honor individuals or bookshelves!). Lastly, be on the lookout this summer for our organizations that exhibited outstanding leadership and 2nd Nats Night OUT event – a time to reconnect with some significantly contributed to the dignity and freedom of gay, fellow alums and some AU faculty and staff!! Hope to see lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. This year we you soon! are honoring a visionary leader and an emerging activist. We encourage alums to nominate someone for one of these -Matt Bruno awards and to also come to the GLBTA Resource Center Program Coordinator Meet the Staff Andrew DeCaro-Dean is the RC’s resident Dan Remick-Cook is the boy next door from loud & proud Italian. He is undeclared in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He recently broke College of Arts and Sciences but will up with the School of International Service for a probably end up in the School of committed relationship with the Anthropology Communications as he is a naturally Department. His student worker responsibilities gifted orator. Originally from Brooklyn, include the awards ceremony, logistics for Safe NY, he now resides in Westchester when he’s Space and Trans 101 trainings and most not making a name for himself south of the importantly the blaring of Beyonce loud enough Mason-Dixon line. for Multicultural Affairs to hear down the hall. Heather Palmer is a first-year student from As the RC’s self-identified “Mouth of the South,” the mean streets of Philadelphia, PA. She Matthew keeps things fresh around the office. He began as a graphic design major but has is buried in sociological theory course work but since changed her mind quite a bit, almost as hopes to salvage his social life by next semester. He many times as she has changed her hairstyle. might start revitalized ACT UP chapter on campus She likes cats, facial piercings and tattoos, with the help of a friend at another university in and is the Resource Center’s in-house artist. the consortium, so keep your eyes open! He wants She also tends to listen to her abstract music readers to know that they are loved & valued as a bit too loudly. long as they play by Miss Ginger Snap’s rules. Ashley Olguin is a lone star from Houston and is a first year student at American, with this being her first semester working at the Resource Center. Her current major is International Relations with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Ashley is funky and loves the shimmy! Rachel Lachenauer returns for a second year of Anthony Jafari is a senior majoring in spending an absurd amount of time in the unicorns (Political Science). He is the Resource Center. A Justice and (all too Resource Center’s library coordinator and predictably) Women, Gender, and Sexuality likes Albus Dumbledore, alliteration and Studies major, Rachel spends the majority of alphabetizing. He has yet to finish the her time doing many gay things, drinking seventh Harry Potter book and lives with copious amounts of coffee, attending meetings, an adorable cat. and forcing her peers to listen to an excruciating amount of feminist rants.